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January 2019


‘Aha Hana Lima 2019




THE RETURN OF BETH CAVENER

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON RESCHEDULING THE WORKSHOPS

A THREE DAY INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATION ... FEATURING HER LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURES

Four years ago many of you were treated to an Aha Hana Lima workshop featuring Beth Cavener. Hawai’i Craftsmen is excited to announce the return of Beth Cavener. In a slight departure from our usual Aha Hana Lima format, Beth will treat Hawai’i artists, collectors, and fans to her wildly popular 3-day interactive demonstration of the process and methodology she uses to create her larger than life ceramic sculptures. Using 600 lbs of clay and 25 feet of half inch pipe Beth will, working with the audience, construct one of her larger than life figures. Beth will also go over in detail from start to finish how she created some of her actual past works, including a 6 foot tall double figure piece constructed over the course of five months. Audience members will have the opportunity to try out some of her techniques as she guides members through a hands on exercise in her methods for sculpting an eye.

Beth’s sculptures focus on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.

WORKSHOPS ON OAHU, THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI, IN APRIL TBD

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON RESCHEDULING THE WORKSHOPS

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL FEB 28TH

REGULAR REGISTRATION BEGINS MAR 1st 

PROSPECTUS

Ron Kent

Hawaii Craftsmen and the art world lost another pioneer and innovator, wood and mixed media artist Ron (Ronald E.) Kent this past December 15, 2018.  Internationally recognized, with works in noted collections (including the Louvre, New York’s Cooper-Hewitt and Metropolitan Museums, the Smithsonian, the Vatican and other international, national and local museums), Ron came to Hawaii not as an artist, but as a businessman, opening a municipal bond fund in the early 1970’s.  Ron was self taught, only turning to wood art as a hobby after his wife Myra gave him a small lathe. He considered this an asset. Not knowing or caring what other turners were doing led him to his signature innovations: using knotty Norfolk Pine as his wood of choice and using it to create ultra thin, translucent bowls with a special repeated process of oil soaking and sanding.

So prized is his work that it has been gifted to multiple U.S. presidents, an emperor, a prince, a sultan and a pope. By 1997 Ron’s bowls were so valued that he sold his business and pursued wood working full time. In addition to his beautiful, turned Norfolk Pine bowls, Ron created sculptures with laminated marine plywood and experimented with felting and expanded foam.

Ron was also active in the community, serving as a Hawaii Craftsmen President from 2002 - 2003, and generously supporting other artists through his philanthropy.  He will be missed by all.  We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Myra, daughter and active Craftsmen member Elizabeth, and son Steven.

Ron Kent - "Waterbury" - Photo by Robert Fogt

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Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to info@hawaiicraftsmen.org by December 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.

“HAWAII CRAFTSMEN CELEBRATES FINE CRAFT AS A VITAL AND ENRICHING PART OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE AND SUPPORTS THE CREATIVE GROWTH OF OUR MEMBER ARTISTS AND THE EDUCATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE VALUE OF THE CRAFTS.” 

Exhibitions


MAILE ANDRADE: KA ‘OPUA Ā HINA

OCTOBER 11, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019 
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART


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Mixed media artist Maile Andrade transforms the John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Arts of Hawaiʻi Gallery using wauke, or mulberry bark, as her primary material in this solo exhibition.

Andrade’s studio practice is informed by her time spent researching and reactivating the kapa-making process. A Hawaiian customary textile of pounded wauke, or mulberry bark, kapa was methodically stretched, sometimes decorated, and often layered to function as garments, wraps, and blankets before the introduction of cotton fabrics. In the 19th century, kapa production waned as the Native Hawaiian population drastically decreased. However, a cultural resurgence during the 1970s Hawaiian Renaissance revived ancient practices such as ocean navigation by the stars, hula, oli (chant), and mele (music). Kapa-making, weaving, and the growing and gathering of organic materials surfaced as important artistic pursuits—and as pro-Hawaiʻi political statements. A decade later in 1981, Andrade joined the contemporary artists and practitioners who took up the production of Hawaiian material culture using customary methods as an extension of the Hawaiian Renaissance.

Andrade channels the material and methods of kapa into an immersive installation as she reimagines the elemental manifestations of Hina. A divine kapa-maker, the Goddess Hina produced such fine kapa that the clouds in the sky were described as examples of her work. Andrade’s gallery installation concentrates on the idea that, like Hina, we have the ability to affect change within our environment. Ka ‘Opua Ā Hina features wauke pounded by the artist to the moʻomoʻo phase. That is, the material has undergone preliminary rounds of soaking, felting, and drying, priming it for handling yet keeping it flexible enough to continue into the later stages of kapa production post-exhibition. Resourceful and sustainable, Andrade’s practice merges 21st century contemporary art priorities with the radical possibilities of Hawaiian material culture.

Four kapa dating to the 18th and 19th centuries from our collection are on view in adjacent galleries. Together with Andrade’s installation, these textiles span a period of 200 years and indicate the continuity and evolutionary use of wauke.


BIG FISH, LITTLE FISH - HIROKI MORINOUE & SETSUKO MORINOUE

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – FEBRUARY 2, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 6 –8 p.m.
FISHCAKE
307c KAMANI STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96813


mon–fri: 9a-5p
sat: 10a-4p
sundays by appointment

Parking available in the adjacent parking lot at 331 Kamani St.
Exhibition runs from November 8, 2018 to February 2, 2019.
Viewing hours are Monday - Friday 9a - 5p and Saturday 10a - 4p.

For more information, contact info@fishcake.us ph: 808.593.1231

Fishcake provides a unique home furnishings and gallery experience for designers and shoppers looking for that special piece. fishcake’s brick and mortar store in the heart of Kaka’ako showcases fresh furnishings, accessories + art for the contemporary home. Our design studio fishcake[works] designs commercial, hospitality and residential interiors. www.fishcake.us






JAPANESE URUSHI + ETTORE SOTTSASS

PANTHEON CONTEMPORARY
1121 NUUANU ST. SUITE 105,
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
DECEMBER 11, 2018 ­- FEBRUARY 26, 2019


Gallery hours: Tuesday + Wednesday are appointment only
Thursday - Saturday 12:00pm - 6:00pm (open to the public)

First Friday gallery visiting hours:
January 4, 2019
February 1, 2019
exhibit remains open from 6:00pm - 9:30pm

The Pantheon Contemporary of the Hawaii Theatre Centre is proud to present its first international exhibition, Japanese Urushi and Ettore Sottsass. The exhibit showcases 22 unique works of urushi made by urushi craftsmen in Japan. The craftsmen worked together across the regions of Wakasa, Echizen, Kyoto, and Wajima to create each piece. The exhibition will not only highlight the amazing workmanship of Japanese Urushi lacquer, but also incorporate the collaboration of legendary Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass (b.1917­- d.2007).

Known for his distinctive approach to design and architecture, Ettore Sottsass discovered Japanese Urushi near the end of his life. It was the wet sparkle on each surface that he fell in love with. He was already more than 80 years old before he started making and designing Urushi lacquer. We believe that visitors who see this exhibition in Hawaii will be impressed by Japanese lacquerware that Ettore Sottsass fell in love with.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, this exhibition is one of the most important cultural exchanges to take place between Hawaii and Japan.

This exhibition is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. We are honored by the Consul General Mr. Koichi Ito and Mrs. Ito who will be present at the opening reception.

About the Hawaii Theatre and Pantheon Contemporary

The historic Hawaii Theatre Center is located in one of the oldest Chinatowns in the U.S. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Honolulu, the Theatre has been popular with locals and tourists since 1922 as a place of cultural enrichment and performing arts and was restored through the support of the community in 1996.

Four years earlier in 1918, the Pantheon Saloon opened at 1129 Nuuanu, the once oldest continually operating bar in Hawaii. Today, the memory of this once historic saloon where King Kalakaua often entertained guest, the Hawaii Theater Center transformed the space to showcase art. In commemoration of 100 years of Pantheon Saloon, the Theatre adopted the namesake Pantheon Contemporary with the purpose to bring more diverse design mediums and classic practices into the Arts and Culture District of Honolulu.

For more information please email info@honoluluexhibitions.com 


Opportunities

OLA KA ‘IILIMA ARTSPACE LOFTS IN KAKA‘AKO

 
Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts will provide 84 units of affordable live-work apartments for artists, artisans, and culture bearers. Amenities include a large outdoor courtyard for community events, community workrooms, a community kitchen, playground, and gardening areas. There is also ground floor commercial with 4,600 square feet for the PA‘I Arts and Culture Center with Kumu Vicky Takamine Holt and another 2,100 square feet for another arts focused business yet to be identified.
 
Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts will serve artists, artisans, and culture bearers who earn between 30% and 60% of area median income as defined by HUD. We are funded through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
 
Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts is under construction in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood of Honolulu. Applications for housing become available December 17,2018, are due January 22, 2019, and expected move in begins May 2019. 

Artspace is a national organization with a mission to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations. We have completed over 50 projects.  https://www.artspace.org.   https://www.artspace.org/hawaii
 
Contact: Julie Alexander, Asset Manager, Artspace
Cell: 206-355-7194
250 Third Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401
julie.alexander@artspace.org



BRONZE CASTING CLASS WITH JACKIE MILD LAU

January 22 - April 2, 2019
10 Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Bronze Casting Course Description January 22 - April 2. This class will explore the process of creating a work of art using a Lost Wax method of metal casting and a ceramic shell form of investment. We will progress from developing an original image in clay, wax or other material, to making simple molds, adding gating systems to promote a steady flow of metal during the pour into investments of built up layers of liquid ceramic shell and granular coatings of stucco. Once wax is removed from the completed ceramic shells they will be filled with molten bronze and allowed to cool. After breaking away the ceramic shell investment from the castings, metal necessary for the pour, but not part of the artwork is cut away. For the final steps a patina and protective wax coating are applied to to the finished surface. Students will work both individually and as a cooperative group during the various phases of the class. To register: email Jackie Mild Lau at sculptureoutofhand@gmail.com 

1. January 22: Intro, Slide show overview, Map out projects, Begin modeling in clay or wax, Armature, Fees, Safety gear

2. January 29: Continue to develop and complete clay or wax model 

3. February 5: Mold making, Plaster, Other

4. February 12: Cast and chase waxes

5. February 19: Gating

6. February 26: Begin ceramic shell investments. Class members will take turns in groups to dip and stucco 10 layers during the week. Times arrangements to be determined as a group.

7. March 5: Begin de-wax. We may need to add additional days as necessary to complete whole class body or work

8. March 12: Pour

9. March 19: Chase and additional pour if needed

10. March 26: Chase and Patina

Fees: Tuition is $300 for duration of 3 month class & $150 for supplies during class. Additional shop time beyond class is $100/month & $50/month for supplies if working on a new project. No supply fee to finish ongoing work. Students can arrange for additional shop time within scheduled class period at no extra charge. Supplies provided are recycled clay, plaster, wax, ceramic shell, propane, abrasives, patina chemicals and use of reference books. Bronze will be paid for based on the weight of the completed casting. The shop, located on Kahuhipa Street in Kaneohe is a rented space so your tuition is a big help in covering that expense. Please wear covered shoes at all times. Additional safety gear will be discussed in the first class meeting.




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Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information. 


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Committee members should have interest/experience in organizing volunteers; gathering data on volunteer skills, interests, and expertise; and working with program chairs and event coordinators to contact, solicit, and schedule volunteers. 


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Committee members should have an interest/experience in fundraising, particularly in working with donors and corporate sponsors. Members will be tasked with developing sponsorship packages, with outreach to potential donors and corporate sponsors, and with soliciting gifts in kind and/or monetary donations for programs and events. 

To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.

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The board is currently seeking nominations for the Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  These positions require excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, as well as a strong understanding of fine craft arts. 

Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations are welcome) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to president@hawaiicraftsmen.org 

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